Iseult O’Malley (b. 1964)
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Iseult O’Malley (b. 1964)


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Track 1: Iseult O’Malley discusses the 1916 period and the later election of her grandfather, Kevin O’Higgins, to the First Dáil. She also discusses O’Higgins` family influences which became evident during this time. Track 2: The signing of the Treaty is recalled, as is the organising by the Treaty Delegation of the purchase of a tea set as a wedding present for Kevin O’Higgins and his new bride in 1921. The establishment of an unarmed Garda force by Kevin O’Higgins, and his pride in this force, is discussed. Also spoken of are the executions of 77 republicans during the Civil War, while Kevin O’Higgins was Minister for Justice. His granddaughter discusses her feelings of the deep hurt and disappointment felt by many people as a result of the Civil War, a wound which she maintains is still not healed. Track 3: Kevin O’Higgins’s role in drafting the Irish Constitution is discussed and the decision to accept the advice of the British on the contents is also mentioned. Kevin O’Higgins helped to steer negotiations on the status of Ireland in the Commonwealth, and this is recalled. Track 4: Contains a discussion about the shooting of Iseult O’Malley’s great-grandfather, Thomas O’Higgins – four years before the shooting of his son, her grandfather, Kevin O’Higgins.

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Disk, MP3

Audio series:

The 1916 Rising Oral History Collections


128 kbps

Download time limit:

48 hours

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4.93 MB, 4.61 MB, 5.70 MB, 11.50 MB

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O’Higgins, Kevin (Interviewee’s grandfather)

Recorded by:

Seán MacRéamoinn